LLM in American Law (for Non-U.S. Lawyers)

Boston University School of Law

Program Description

LLM in American Law (for Non-U.S. Lawyers)

Boston University School of Law

Foreign-trained attorneys are increasingly called upon to handle the complex demands of their global clients -- clients whose cross-border interests implicate US law. The issues they face range far and wide:

  • What’s the best legal structure for my company’s affiliate in the US?
  • How does the First Amendment apply to the Internet?
  • What liabilities does my company face if it lists on a US stock exchange?
  • Will my company's merger violate US antitrust laws?

To serve their clients or advise their companies, global lawyers must not only understand the substance of US law, they must also work effectively with their US-trained counterparts. They must understand US legal culture and how U.S. counsel are trained to "think," and they must possess highly polished legal English skills that allow them to communicate effectively, in writing and verbally. The LLM in American Law Program is specifically designed to prepare foreign lawyers for the challenge of global practice.

In this program, students are fully-integrated into BU Law's JD classes, where they sit side-by-side with American students being trained in the tradition of US legal education. This means you will not only learn the substance of US doctrine in virtually any area of interest -- intellectual property, international business transactions, mergers and acquisitions, alternative dispute resolution, to name only a few -- but you will learn something equally as important: how US lawyers are trained to analyze legal questions and advocate on their clients' behalf.

By the end of the year, we expect you will have developed skills to make you a more effective global practitioner. You will have gained unique insight into the "mindset" of US lawyers and others trained in the common law. You will have the necessary perspective to work across borders and transact with lawyers from diverse traditions and backgrounds. In that sense, our American Law Program is anything but American. It's truly global.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated February 6, 2018
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This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2018
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1 year
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USA - Boston, Massachusetts
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